Looking for God: Slightly Unorthodox, Highly Unconventional, and Entirely Unexpected Thoughts about Faith  -     By: Nancy Ortberg
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Looking for God: Slightly Unorthodox, Highly Unconventional, and Entirely Unexpected Thoughts about Faith

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Break away from the bland, formulaic approach to Christianity and be challenged to see faith in a new light. In Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg shares stories from her own faith journey and the journeys of others to show how God works in unexpected, unconventional and sometimes risky ways. As you read, you'll be amazed to discover God in the most unusual places, as you experience faith on a deeper level.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1496405633
ISBN-13: 9781496405630

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We get so prescriptive with the spiritual life. We prepackage it, duplicate it, mass-produce it, insist upon it, and brag about it. We make it a formula. As a result, we tend to see God from such a narrow perspective. We box God up and compartmentalize Him into thirty minutes each morning. But in reality, He is waiting for us to realize that He invades all the parts of our days . . . if only we would pay attention.

In Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg will inspire you to break away from the bland, formulaic approach to Christianity and embrace the often unexpected, at times unnerving, but always extraordinary power of God’s grace. As you journey with Nancy, you’ll find God in places you have never dreamed of looking, and you’ll experience faith on a deeper level than you have ever imagined possible.

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    Finding God in the events of daily life
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    Do we sometimes think we can meet God only in our morning devotions? During a very busy time for Ortberg, with two toddlers and another on the way, she experienced God talking to her on a park bench. She began to pay attention and had times of communication with God at other times and places.

    She encourages us to have a broader view of communication with God. From morning to night we have a variety of ways to connect with God. She shares many of her experiences. One involved the power of gratitude. Another was revealed in community work. ...[E]veryday I go to work I have an opportunity to copartner with God in what He is doing in this world. (56) She writes about being salt and light, but also about missed opportunities. Sometimes we find God in our failures. (108) She shares her experiences with people, at places, even with weather, and especially during difficult times. ...[F]or most of my life, I have met God most deeply in the middle of hard stuff. (152)

    While Ortberg helps us understand we can experience God in unusual places, she also warns us about thinking we are experiencing God when we are not. She tells of being a speaker at a youth event. There was energetic worship in the evening and in the morning many were talking about how great the worship was. Ortberg had a different take on the experience. 'When the day comes that this community has the same amount of energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness for the poor, the marginalized, and those far away from God and each other, then I will believe that what I witnesses last night was worship,' she told them. 'Until then, I think what we saw last night was a compartmentalized emotional catharsis, which while it might have been enjoyable, was not worship in any sense of the word.' Worship is a whole life response to God. It is not just about singing... (172) Ouch. She does a great job of distinguishing real worship and faking it just worshiping on the outside.

    This is not an earth shaking book but it is a good reminder that we are to be aware of God's presence every moment of every day. If we are looking for Him, we will find Him in many places and circumstances and our interaction with Him will be more continuous.
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